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Discovering The Brain


Discovering The Brain
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Author : National Academy of Sciences
language : en
Publisher: National Academies Press
Release Date : 1992-01-01

Discovering The Brain written by National Academy of Sciences and has been published by National Academies Press this book supported file pdf, txt, epub, kindle and other format this book has been release on 1992-01-01 with Medical categories.


The brain ... There is no other part of the human anatomy that is so intriguing. How does it develop and function and why does it sometimes, tragically, degenerate? The answers are complex. In Discovering the Brain, science writer Sandra Ackerman cuts through the complexity to bring this vital topic to the public. The 1990s were declared the "Decade of the Brain" by former President Bush, and the neuroscience community responded with a host of new investigations and conferences. Discovering the Brain is based on the Institute of Medicine conference, Decade of the Brain: Frontiers in Neuroscience and Brain Research. Discovering the Brain is a "field guide" to the brain--an easy-to-read discussion of the brain's physical structure and where functions such as language and music appreciation lie. Ackerman examines How electrical and chemical signals are conveyed in the brain. The mechanisms by which we see, hear, think, and pay attention--and how a "gut feeling" actually originates in the brain. Learning and memory retention, including parallels to computer memory and what they might tell us about our own mental capacity. Development of the brain throughout the life span, with a look at the aging brain. Ackerman provides an enlightening chapter on the connection between the brain's physical condition and various mental disorders and notes what progress can realistically be made toward the prevention and treatment of stroke and other ailments. Finally, she explores the potential for major advances during the "Decade of the Brain," with a look at medical imaging techniques--what various technologies can and cannot tell us--and how the public and private sectors can contribute to continued advances in neuroscience. This highly readable volume will provide the public and policymakers--and many scientists as well--with a helpful guide to understanding the many discoveries that are sure to be announced throughout the "Decade of the Brain."

Wednesday Is Indigo Blue


Wednesday Is Indigo Blue
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Author : Richard E. Cytowic
language : en
Publisher: MIT Press
Release Date : 2011-09-30

Wednesday Is Indigo Blue written by Richard E. Cytowic and has been published by MIT Press this book supported file pdf, txt, epub, kindle and other format this book has been release on 2011-09-30 with Science categories.


How the extraordinary multisensory phenomenon of synesthesia has changed our traditional view of the brain. A person with synesthesia might feel the flavor of food on her fingertips, sense the letter “J” as shimmering magenta or the number “5” as emerald green, hear and taste her husband's voice as buttery golden brown. Synesthetes rarely talk about their peculiar sensory gift—believing either that everyone else senses the world exactly as they do, or that no one else does. Yet synesthesia occurs in one in twenty people, and is even more common among artists. One famous synesthete was novelist Vladimir Nabokov, who insisted as a toddler that the colors on his wooden alphabet blocks were “all wrong.” His mother understood exactly what he meant because she, too, had synesthesia. Nabokov's son Dmitri, who recounts this tale in the afterword to this book, is also a synesthete—further illustrating how synesthesia runs in families. In Wednesday Is Indigo Blue, pioneering researcher Richard Cytowic and distinguished neuroscientist David Eagleman explain the neuroscience and genetics behind synesthesia's multisensory experiences. Because synesthesia contradicted existing theory, Cytowic spent twenty years persuading colleagues that it was a real—and important—brain phenomenon rather than a mere curiosity. Today scientists in fifteen countries are exploring synesthesia and how it is changing the traditional view of how the brain works. Cytowic and Eagleman argue that perception is already multisensory, though for most of us its multiple dimensions exist beyond the reach of consciousness. Reality, they point out, is more subjective than most people realize. No mere curiosity, synesthesia is a window on the mind and brain, highlighting the amazing differences in the way people see the world.

Discovering The Human Connectome


Discovering The Human Connectome
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Author : Olaf Sporns
language : en
Publisher: MIT Press
Release Date : 2012-09-07

Discovering The Human Connectome written by Olaf Sporns and has been published by MIT Press this book supported file pdf, txt, epub, kindle and other format this book has been release on 2012-09-07 with Medical categories.


A pioneer in the field outlines new empirical and computational approaches to mapping the neural connections of the human brain. Crucial to understanding how the brain works is connectivity, and the centerpiece of brain connectivity is the connectome, a comprehensive description of how neurons and brain regions are connected. In this book, Olaf Sporns surveys current efforts to chart these connections—to map the human connectome. He argues that the nascent field of connectomics has already begun to influence the way many neuroscientists collect, analyze, and think about their data. Moreover, the idea of mapping the connections of the human brain in their entirety has captured the imaginations of researchers across several disciplines including human cognition, brain and mental disorders, and complex systems and networks. Discovering the Human Connectome offers the first comprehensive overview of current empirical and computational approaches in this rapidly developing field.

The Right Brain And The Unconscious


The Right Brain And The Unconscious
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Author : Rhawn Joseph
language : en
Publisher: Springer
Release Date : 2013-11-11

The Right Brain And The Unconscious written by Rhawn Joseph and has been published by Springer this book supported file pdf, txt, epub, kindle and other format this book has been release on 2013-11-11 with Psychology categories.




Social Brain


Social Brain
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Author : Michael S. Gazzaniga
language : en
Publisher:
Release Date : 1985-11-24

Social Brain written by Michael S. Gazzaniga and has been published by this book supported file pdf, txt, epub, kindle and other format this book has been release on 1985-11-24 with Medical categories.


Recounts the early days of split-brain research and updates it with new information on the separate modules within the brain that transform random stimuli into a distinct sense of consciousness

The Other Brain


The Other Brain
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Author : R. Douglas Fields
language : en
Publisher: Simon and Schuster
Release Date : 2009-12-29

The Other Brain written by R. Douglas Fields and has been published by Simon and Schuster this book supported file pdf, txt, epub, kindle and other format this book has been release on 2009-12-29 with Science categories.


Despite everything that has been written about the brain, a potentially critical part of this vital organ has been overlooked—until now. The Other Brain examines the growing importance of glia, which make up approximately 85 percent of the cells in the brain, and the role they play in how the brain functions, malfunctions, and heals itself. Long neglected as little more than cerebral packing material, glia (meaning “glue”) are now known to regulate the flow of information between neurons and to repair the brain and spinal cord after injury and stroke. But scientists are also discovering that diseased and damaged glia play a significant role in psychiatric illnesses such as schizophrenia and depression, and in neurodegenerative diseases such as Parkinson’s and Alzheimer’s. Diseased glia cause brain cancer and multiple sclerosis and are linked to infectious diseases such as HIV and prion disease (mad cow disease, for example) and to chronic pain. The more we learn about these cells that make up the “other” brain, the more important they seem to be. Written by a neuroscientist who is a leader in glial research, The Other Brain gives readers a much more complete understanding of how the brain works and an intriguing look at potentially revolutionary developments in brain science and medicine.

Clearing Brain Clutter


Clearing Brain Clutter
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Author : Debra Smouse
language : en
Publisher: Createspace Independent Publishing Platform
Release Date : 2016-10-21

Clearing Brain Clutter written by Debra Smouse and has been published by Createspace Independent Publishing Platform this book supported file pdf, txt, epub, kindle and other format this book has been release on 2016-10-21 with categories.


Are you ready to finally know what you want out of life? Discover the unique path to your own heart and soul. Is your schedule full but unfulfilling? Have you drowned out your inner voice with mindless and meaningless activities? If so, then you may have fallen victim to brain clutter - the noise and outside forces we let override our own instincts and desires. Expert life coach Debra Smouse has worked with countless people to help them sculpt meaningful lives, and now she's here to help you do the same. With a collection of 30 intriguing exercises, Clearing Brain Clutter helps you to peel away everything that gets in the way of your truest, deepest desires. By doing the work right inside the book, you'll learn to create a life that's more resonant with "the real you" than anything you've previously experienced. In short, you'll forever change your life for the better. In this book, you'll discover: How to give credit to yourself where credit is long past due How to identify your unique strengths and incorporate them into your new life Why your story is important and how to shift it to reach your highest potential How to find your personal values and set your most important goals based on them How to internalize a healthier view on fear, and much, much more! By taking 30 days to dive into your heart's desires, you can learn how to overcome your highly-stressed life to connect to your deepest wants and needs. Clearing Brain Clutter is perfect for people who truly want to reclaim their lives for purpose and passion. If you like actionable advice, effective workbooks, and crystal-clear guidance on what's holding you back, then you'll love Debra Smouse's newest book. Buy Clearing Brain Clutter today and take the first step toward living the life you want!